FOSTERING CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION SKILLS
Constructive Conversation Skills Poster
This tool shows four important conversation skills, their icons, and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.
This assessment tool helps users to observe conversations and take notes on what teachers are doing and can do, what students are doing and can do, and next steps.
Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster
This tool helps students build four key conversation skills for working together on math ideas and problems.
Argument Balance Scale Visual Organizer - 2D
This visual helps students to evaluate and weigh the evidence for and against two different positions.
Math Paired Conversation Protocol (PDF)
This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems.
This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning.
Criteria Bar Graph
This visual helps students to visually show and explain how well evidence meets certain criteria for an issue.
Causes & Effects Visual Organizer
This visual helps students to engage in cause and effect thinking and assign values to their ideas.
FORTIFYING SPEAKING SKILLS
Opinion Formation Cards
This activity provides students with an opportunity to build language as they talk with successive partners to strengthen their opinions on an issue.
A-B Information Gap Cards
This activity requires students to take a side of an issue and use new vocabulary and syntax to argue and negotiate with a partner.
This set of tips helps both teacher and students to maximize the value of pair-shares.
Communicativeness Design and Observation Tool
This tool helps teachers to use three features of communicativeness to improve language development activities across disciplines.
USING COMPLEX TEXTS
Wide-Angle Reading Frame
This visual helps students to create a mental framework before and during reading in order to keep the purpose(s) of the text in mind.
This visual helps students to evaluate the usefulness of thoughts that emerge during reading and listening.
Helps students to predict and justify their predictions for reading.
Figure out the Figuratives
This visual helps students to see the connections between the figurative expression and what it is describing. figure
Literature Theme Organizer
This visual helps students to see ways in which to generate and support multiple themes from different types of texts.
Narrative Structure Map
This visual helps students to organize events in a typical narrative.
ABC Inference Table
This visual helps students to make inferences while reading.
This visual helps students to infer causes and effects in history, science, and literature-based texts.
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE & THINKING
Reading Comprehension Observation Tool
This visual tool shows the reflection cycle with a backward-planned inquiry in the center, and is useful for engaging in iterative evidence-based cycles of growth and improvement